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Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls.
Student-led Wavetable Project Advances to Final Round of the Clean Tech Competition
The student-led team behind the Wavetable Project have been named finalists in the Clean Tech Competition, hosted by Spellman High Voltage, and now advance to the final round of the competition, where they will compete on August 5 against 10 international finalists for a chance to win up to $10,000.
Co-led by sophomore Lucie L. and freshman Celine H., the team designed a low-cost rotating apparatus and corresponding curriculum materials to increase accessibility to oceanography and climate education. The team, which is mentored by I-Lab engineer Al Davies and Professor Leif Thomas of Stanford University, consists of members are sophomores William F., Albert H., Thomas R., and Abi W., and freshman Lauren S.
Congrats to the Wavetable Project team!
Nueva Yearbook Staff Recognized by Columbia Scholastic Press Association
For its work on the 2019–2020 yearbook, the Nueva yearbook staff was recognized with Crown Awards in three different categories by the prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The awards program received 4,203 entrants in 91 categories, and entries included publications produced by colleges, universities, and secondary schools.
The Nueva School yearbook staff, led by current seniors Lucy B. and Maya C. and 2020 graduate Eugenia T., earned second place for the categories of Endsheets, Academic Spread: Multi-page Spread (“Farming hope biology field trip”), and People Spreads Without Mug Photos: One spread (“Your time capsule”).
Congratulations to the entire 2019–2020 yearbook staff on a beautiful publication!
Eighth Grader FanFan J. Named to US Physics Team
After participating in two rounds of physics competitions hosted by the American Association of Physics Teachers earlier this spring and finishing as a top 30 finalist, eighth grader FanFan J. was invited to take part in a US Physics Team virtual training camp with the goal of being selected to the five-person team that will compete in the International Physics Olympiad. FanFan narrowly missed being one of the five, but was named an alternate to the team and has begun with the team. With his selection, FanFan became the first Nueva student, since the founding of the Nueva Upper School, to ever represent our school on this team.
“This is an absolutely spectacular accomplishment,” said upper school physics teacher Mark Hurwitz. “It is astonishing for a middle school student to make the team.”
Nueva Students Earns High Marks at Golden Gate STEM Fair
The Golden Gate STEM Fair is an annual Bay Area science fair for students in grades 6 through 12. This year, Nueva students earned a number of awards for their projects. Sixth grader Camille C. and her partner seventh grader Colin C. each placed third in the computer science category for their respective grade levels for their joint project modeling cancer in Africa. Freshman Mason C. also earned third place recognition in the computer science category for his COVID-19 simulation work, and sophomore Anoushka K. took second place in the environmental sciences category for her grade level for her water purification study.
In addition to earning placement awards, students have an opportunity to earn special awards from community partners. The following Nuevans received special awards for their entries into the fair:
- Junior Yash N. earned an award from Chevron and another from Ricoh USA, Inc. for his project, “DeepWaste: Applying Artifical Intelligence for Waste Classification to Combat Climate Change”
- Junior Andrew C. earned an award from the Office of Naval Research for his project, “Distributed Photovoltaic Hydrogen Storage for Residential Electrification and Broad Energy Access”
- Junior Anouschka B. earned an award from the United State Air Force for her project, “Unwind”
Math Competition Round-Up
Over the course of the year, a number of Nueva students have participated in math competitions, with some even earning impressive honors.
MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Competitions— AMC 8/10/12 and AIME
The MAA suite of math competitions are perhaps the most prestigious of all of the middle and high school math competitions. The following students qualified for the AIME through their strong performances on the AMC 10 or 12: seniors Sean C. and Nikhil T.; junior Jack A.; sophomores Anuj T. and Alex T.; freshmen Joshua K. and Taiga N.; eighth graders FanFan J. and Howard L.; and seventh grader Ryan A.
Along with the AMC 8, MathCounts is the most prestigious middle school math competition. In January, a Nueva competition was held to determine who would represent the school at the chapter competition against other schools in our area. Congratulations to the following students who qualified for this honor:
- Eighth graders Sarina F.-G., FanFan J., Howard L., Vinca L., Kian S., Rohan T., Landon X., Logan X., Cami Y., and Rachel Y.
- Seventh graders Ryan A., Nate B., Anika G., Jack H., and Daniel K.
Howard, Vinca, and Nate qualified for the chapter invitational round, and Landon, Logan, FanFan, and Ryan, qualified for the state level competition.
Mathematical Olympiad for Elementary or Middle School (MOEMS)
MOEMS is a monthly five-problem, 30-minute math competition held November through March. This year, 66 students took at least one middle level (6th–8th grades) contest and 30 students took at least one elementary level (5th grade and under) contest.
At the M level, eighth graders Vinca L., Landon X., and Logan X. earned the prestigious Lenchner Award for earning perfect scores through the entire competition. They, along with eighth grader Cami C., sixth grader Analise C., and fourth grader Brandon N., earned gold pins for finishing in the top 2 percent nationwide.
The following students earned silver pins for finishing in the top 10 percent nationwide:
- Eighth graders Oliver C., Howard L., Dylan P., Rohan T., Kian S., and Margaux W.
- Seventh graders Ryan A., Alicia C., Colin C., Anika G., Ava J., and Kayla L. (7),
- Sixth graders Hubert C. and Camille C.
- Fifth grader Arya R.
At the E level, third grader Elbert P. earned a gold pin, and fourth graders Jake B., Benjamin K., and Mia T. earned silver pins.
Congratulations to all Nueva students who participated in math competitions this year!